Summer days can be fun and enjoyable with toddlers and preschoolers. Toddlers enjoy activities that challenge them, intrigue them and excite them. While it may be difficult to keep them busy for long, parents can use these fun and free toddler activities to entertain and engage preschoolers and have fun through it all.
A Pool Party is a Fun and Cool Activity for Toddlers
The hot summer days are the perfect time to splash around in a pool. Get together a small and manageable group of toddlers and simply put them into a splash pool for some water fun. If a large pool is not possible, use an inflatable one and put it out in the open. Better still, fill it with water toys or even bubbles and watch the little ones have a wonderful time splashing around and playing with the water. Follow it up with some cool and healthy toddler snacks and drinks and have an unforgettable pool party.
Arts, Crafts and Paints are Ideal Toddler Activities
Toddlers love messy play and painting, arts and crafts are a wonderful way to keep them busy indoors. Spread out newspapers on the floor and begin with some simple paper tearing to get them into the arts and crafts groove. Follow it up with helping them glue the paper on to colored card paper. Make painting fun by varying the type of painting and paints. Do finger painting once, sponge painting the next time and then, spray painting, painting with a toothbrush, and so on. Be imaginative and as creative as possible. Toddlers will love the feel and visual appeal of colors and paints, so unleash your inner artist for this preschooler activity and have fun with them.
Stage a Play or Book Reading for Toddler Play Dates
Organize a group of toddlers for a play date and instead of the usual playing with each others’ toys, have a story-telling session or even a short play. Toddlers who aren’t yet talking will enjoy listening to favorite stories being read out, complete with actions and vocal inflections. Verbal toddlers will enjoy being part of a play with short dialogues. Make it fun and interesting by giving each one a small part and narrating the story in the background. Have parents be the audience and watch the little ones take the stage, literally.
Coloring can be a Fun and Educational Activity for Toddlers
Make simple coloring even better and more fun by having toddlers color into large, blank maps of each state in the United States (or whichever country you call home!). Put the different states together and have them point out the different states. For a small group, this map coloring activity can be broken into parts and covered over a period of a week or fortnight, with each piece going up on the wall or bulletin board as it is colored.
Parents can adapt this fun toddler activity by having toddlers color in sheets drawn with traffic signals, clocks and even rooms in the house.
A Movie or Karaoke Night is a Fun Toddler Activity
Movies and singing are a great way to keep toddlers busy on warm summer evenings. Choose fun, educational movies and watch them along with your toddler or preschooler. Point out interesting aspects – colors, behavior, concepts and so on. Discuss the movie and make the whole experience fun yet educative.
Karaoke nights or evenings are a great way to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to singing and music. Have the whole family join in or use this activity at a play date. Most toddlers won’t know much to sing about but they’ll surely join in by swaying and dancing to the music.
Toddler activities can be fun, interesting and even, educational. All it requires is some imagination and yes, patience. Do use these simple yet enjoyable activities for toddlers and watch them have tons of fun as they discover performing on the stage or splash about in the pool or even, learn the names of the U.S states. And if you’re ready for more fun toddler activities, you may want to try baking with your toddler.